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|Tuesday Night News Catchup
Tuesday, 28-November-2023 23:34:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Ok, time to finally catch up and clear out the news box. First up, a story from a month ago from IntelInside, that says your iPhone MAC address was not as private as you may have thought. With the release of iOS 14, Apple promised to protect iPhone users from having the MAC address of their devices being tracked. That feature was fundamentally broken. Until now.
With power bills on the rise, it can't hurt to have a power-efficient PC - so HotHardware have a guide to building one. Working and gaming on a PC that requires lots of power has a negative consequences. Using more power will have an impact on your electricity bill, and in the warmer summer months your A/C may have to work overtime to deal with the added heat being pumped out by a powerful PC. Thankfully, there are plenty of power-efficient components to choose from today, that still offer excellent all around performance, and they won't break the bank either
If you've got an old Google account laying around that you still want, you should log into it to avoid it being deleted for inactivity. Act now if you want to keep your old Google accounts. Starting this week, on Dec. 1, Google will start deleting inactive Google accounts, it said, and all their contents, including Gmail messages, Photos, Calendar appointments, Contacts records, YouTube videos and Drive documents. .. To reduce this risk, Google said, starting in December, if an account hasn't been used or signed into for at least two years, it may delete the account and its contents. That means if you've not logged into an account since 2021, Google may get rid of it.
It seems like every few years we hear about diamond wafers making for faster chips, but here we are again. Those keeping a close eye on the tech sphere can already see this happening with slowing advances on GPU and especially CPU architecture, but manufacturers have been pondering this issue for much longer and are working on new solutions, like synthetic diamond and purified glass!
This slightly bends my brain but someone managed to essentially make a ramdisk inside the CPU cache and it is, unsurprisingly, blisteringly fast. So while L3 cache (which is where 3D V-Cache fits into the hierarchy) is a ton faster than any SSD that exists today, each 3D V-Cache chip only has 64MB of storage. Even if you include the L3 cache integrated into the CPU chiplet itself, the total amount on the 5800X3D and 7800X3D is only 96MB. Although you won't be using your CPU's cache for storage ever, the above benchmark run helps attach a number to one of AMD's most celebrated innovations.
The Government have released their Terms of Reference for the recent major Optus outage, with a particular focus on the impact on 000 calls. The Optus outage impacted approximately 10 million people, causing significant disruption to the ability of Australians to communicate, run small businesses, and left some people unable to call emergency services. The Review will consult widely with industry and consumer stakeholders as well as with Australian Government and state and territory agencies, and will provide a report to Government by 29 February 2024.
NASA's Curiosity Rover recently celebrated 4000 days on Mars. Four thousand Martian days after setting its wheels in Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover remains busy conducting exciting science. The rover recently drilled its 39th sample then dropped the pulverized rock into its belly for detailed analysis.
In an otherwise generally bleak news cycle, it's nice to hear a well-reasoned positive outlook on the future - from a co-founder of Ethereum. It's a long read which I haven't fully grokked yet, but I agree with this sentiment: I love technology because technology expands human potential. Ten thousand years ago, we could build some hand tools, change which plants grow on a small patch of land, and build basic houses. Today, we can build 800-meter-tall towers, store the entirety of recorded human knowledge in a device we can hold in our lands, communicate instantly across the globe, double our lifespan, and live happy and fulfilling lives without fear of our best friends regularly dropping dead of disease.
|Monday Afternoon Reviews
Monday, 27-November-2023 15:57:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Portable & Prebuilt:
Best Black Friday Laptop Deals on HighPerformanceLaptops.
ASUS ROG Strix G16CH Gaming PC on Tweaktown.
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus Laptop Review: Understated Beauty And Brawn on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 9730 (2023) Productivity & Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
ASRock 4X4 BOX-7840U Barebones Mini-PC on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER PF3 1050W Platinum Power Supply on FunkyKit.
Tewaycell Teze K5 1200W/1050Wh Portable Power Station on NikKTech.
XPG Core Reactor II 1200w ATX 3.0 80 PLUS Gold PSU on Tweaktown.
Ploopy Open-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones Review - DIY Fun! on TechPowerUp.
eufy eufyCam S330 4K Solar Security Camera on NikKTech.
CORSAIR iCUE Link XG3 Hybrid GPU Block (RTX 4080/4090) on TechPowerUp.
TeamGroup T-FORCE SIREN GA360 ARGB AIO cooler on Guru3D.
DeepCool AN600 Low Profile CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
OdinLake Ergo MAX 747 Office Chair on ThinkComputers.
Thunder X3 Ultimate CORE LOFT Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.
ASRock B650E Taichi Lite Motherboard on OCInside.
Corsair Darkstar Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MP600 Mini 1 TB Review - TLC Storage for the Steam Deck on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake CTE C750 TG ARGB Snow case on APHNetworks.
Zyxel NWA220AX-6E AXE5400 WiFi 6E Access Point on LanOC.
|Retro Misc Pics
Friday, 24-November-2023 13:32:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Crikey, it's Friday again. In late November. In 2023! WTF. Anyway, here's Retro Misc Pics from January 2011:
7th Jan 2011:
14th Jan 2011:
21st Jan 2011:
28th Jan 2011:
Wednesday, 22-November-2023 13:27:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Our fellow Aussie tech nerds over at TheSizzle are running a charity fund-raiser called Sizzlethon.
Until 11:59PM tonight I will be donating $5 to Ballarat's Child & Family Services for everyone that signs up for a free trial of The Sizzle. So far we've raised almost $700 and with a little nudge from OCAU we could make it $1,000. :)
If you sign up using this link you get a 90-day free trial instead of the usual 30-day one - and you support a good cause, without it costing you anything. What's not to like?
|Tuesday Afternoon News, Maybe
Tuesday, 21-November-2023 16:43:41 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN
I thought I'd try posting a bunch of news links that took my eye, but didn't actually look too closely at.
Some will be good, some will not be good. Feel free to blame me if you waste your bosses time here.
Elon Musk reveals SpaceX was forced to kidnap a seal and blast it with sonic booms
Why superconductor research is in a ‘golden age’ — despite controversy
Scientists 3D print a robotic hand with human-like bones and tendons
Valve has released a 25th anniversary remaster of Half-Life
Hell freezes over – Apple to support RCS messages from Android phones next year
RX 7900 XTX prices starting to rise in China after RTX 4090 ban
Why Apple is working hard to break into its own iPhones
Apple's iPhone 16 May Abandon Apple's Dynamic Island For This Instead
YouTube angers millions of users around the world with new crackdown on ad-blockers
Rivian software update bricks infotainment system, fix not obvious
PlayStation CEO explains why PS5 profitability has 'deteriorated'
Xbox Is Giving Away A Deliciously-Themed Wonka Console With An Edible Controller
Microsoft Store adds a new feature: you can now choose what drive to install a game on
GTA 6 Anticipation Builds As Latest Leak Reveals A Surprise Character
ISS astronauts dropped a tool bag during a spacewalk and you can see it here
Ransomware Gang Leaks 43GB Of Boeing Data After Demand To Pay Up Doesn't Fly
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 21-November-2023 16:09:17 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN
TOPPING D70 Pro SABRE DAC + A70 Pro Amplifier @ TechPowerUp
Hollyland Lark C1 Wireless Lavalier Mics @ FunkyKit
KTC OLED G27P6 @ TechPowerUp
Keyboard, Mouse, Etc:
Lofree Touch PBT Wireless @ ThinkComputers
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL 2023 @ Madshrimps
Corsair Scimitar Elite Wireless @ TechPowerUp
TerraMaster D6-320 USB 3.2 HDD Enclosure @ NikKTech
Samsung 870 EVO 4 TB @ TechPowerUp
Motherboard, Memory, CPU:
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X & 7970X @ HotHardware
Ryzen Threadripper 7980X and 7970X @ guru3D
ASRock Z790 PG NOVA WiFi @ FunkyKit
Patriot Viper Elite 5 DDR5-6000 48GB @ ThinkComputers
MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk MAX WIFI7 @ guru3D
Lexar THOR OC DDR5-6000 2x16GB DDR5 @ aphNetworks
EK-Quantum Vector˛ RTX 4090 Strix/TUF GPU Block @ TechPowerUp
Software and Benchmark:
Steam Deck Undervolting @ HotHardware
Howl @ Neoseeker
Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Stealth 16 Studio @ HighPerformanceLaptops
MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG @ HighPerformanceLaptops
GEEKOM Mini IT13 @ TweakTown
Razer Blade 18 @ TweakTown
Best Gaming Laptop: The Top 25 in Australia @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Thanks to Melissa and mpot this week!
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 17-November-2023 00:16:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z790 AORUS Xtreme X Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z790 PG-ITX/TB4 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Z790 PG Lightning WiFi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
DeepCool ASSASSIN IV High-Performance CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Arctic P8 Max fan on OCInside.
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro headset on Vortez.
FIFINE AmpliGame SC3 Audio Mixer on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Phantom PG34WQ15R2B QHD monitor on Guru3D.
Dan Clark Audio STEALTH Flagship Closed-Back Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Crucial X9 Pro 2TB & X10 Pro 2TB Portable SSDs on NikKTech.
Corsair MP700 Pro 2TB SSD Review - Cool at 12,400 MB/s on Tweaktown.
Corsair MP700 Pro 2 TB Review - Great Cooling Included on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 4TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Triton 17X on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Origin PC EON17-X v2 Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Google Pixel Watch 2 Review: An Impressive Sequel on HotHardware.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Geometric Future Model 4 King Arthur Mid-Tower Case on Tweaktown.
XPG Valor Mesh on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Platform 6 Elevate Modular Computer Desk on TechPowerUp.
FSP Hydro PTM X PRO 1000W ATX 3.0 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
G.Skill KM250 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review - Great Value! on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon Pro W7700 Review: Hitting The Sub-$1000, Pro-Vis Sweet Spot video card on HotHardware.
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